Some good policy news to end the week – the Michigan House just passed the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation, House Bill 5640. PACE programs are a voluntary mechanism to finance home energy efficiency and conservation investments, creating green construction jobs while lowering long term home ownership costs and energy use. For a great primer on PACE, see the PACE guest post by Eric Jamison (Eric helped develop the Michigan legislation working with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center). Huge thanks to the political leaders that made this a priority issue, especially State Rep. Rebekah Warren and County Commissioner Jeff Irwin. But we still need to build support for PACE in the Michigan Senate and with key stakeholder groups, so more education is needed.
The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and Vote Solar are hosting a webinar for state legislators, advocates and stakeholders. The webinar will address the historical development and expansion of PACE programs, the necessary elements for an effective program (including risk mitigating criteria to protect lenders and participants), and identify challenges and solutions for Michigan cities interested in implementing a successful PACE program. Speakers include Eric Jamison (Great Lakes Environmental Law Center), Michael McGee (attorney with Miller Canfield PLC), and Andrew Brix (City of Ann Arbor). The webinar is on May 12 at 11 am. Register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/415029009, and after registration, please send advance questions to Eric Jamison at firstname.lastname@example.org.